The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

July 10, 2012

Our View: Politics that divide

There is little doubt that economic news has hurt the president in his efforts to gain re-election. He is now pulling out all the stops to reinvigorate his campaign message. Not surprisingly, his efforts increase the divisiveness in America, in our view.

By executive order, not legislative change to unpopular laws, he has directed that no illegal immigrants between the ages of 16 and 30 be deported from the United States. In effect, he has directed his administration to not enforce a law with which he disagrees.

He has also called for extending the Bush tax cuts for all Americans with a taxable annual income of less than $250,000 for one year, but raising taxes on many small businesses and the “rich” to Clinton-era tax rates. All of the Bush tax cuts for Americans are due to expire on Jan. 1, 2013. Preventing that tax increase on all or part of taxpaying Americans will require congressional action.

President Obama is pitting the “rich” against all other tax-paying Americans. Such political ideas are divisive and prevent all Americans from doing what is needed to improve our economic future.

So here we go again with the political spin and opportunism. And it is all being orchestrated right out of the White House, not our legislative branches of government.

Our long-stated goal in American economic politics is to be a country that lives within its means. To do so, all Americans must begin to pull together to pay more in taxes and cut spending.

Politics of division will never achieve that goal.

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  • Your View: ‘Right to Farm’ is wrong

    On Aug. 5, voters will be asked to make a decision about Amendment 1.

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  • Your View: No on Amendment 7

    The Missouri Department of Transportation is wanting more money through a three-quarter-cent addition to the sales tax. Consider one example of how it spends your money.

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  • Your View: Bad way to get revenue

    I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges.

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  • Rebecca French Smith, guest columnist: Amendment 1: Farmers are 'boots on the ground'

    Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm.

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  • Your View; Makes no sense

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    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Time value of money

     I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Boiling a frog

    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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